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Island Voices and All My Sons

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Introduction

English Analysis Choose one theme from All My Sons and show how the same theme is expressed in Island Voices. The importance of role of family in one's life All My Sons places major emphasis on family. This theme runs into many different levels. It starts with family, progresses to community then becomes amplified into country. Miller downplays the idea of family as the nucleus of a society. He questions the place of family in a larger society. Should we sacrifice just only for one? Should we see our community as part of our own family? Should we place higher importance on our family compared to our community? In this story family is presented as a unit that can be corrupted and damaged by the actions and denials of its individuals, a small-scale example of the way individual actions can corrupt society. Family plays a very important role in every person's lives. They are the ones whom we live with and know us best. Sometimes, we allow our family to influence the decisions we make. ...read more.

Middle

Larry was clearly the favored of the Keller boys. Keller compares Larry's business sense to Chris's lack of it, and Chris complains that he has always played second fiddle to Larry in the eyes of his parents and of Ann, who was first betrothed to Larry. The family sometimes implies bitterness that Chris, not Larry, was the son who survived the war. Chris returned from the war with a new idealism that will not permit him to condone his father's shadier business practices. Keller believes that his actions are legitimate if he acts for the sake of his family. Chris also says he gets annoyed being treated "a sucker" by his family. The bitterness that Chris faces shows us that sometimes our families take us for granted. When this happens, our families become the 'thorn in our side'. They will then not play a positive role in our lives, but only serve to make our lives miserable. ...read more.

Conclusion

This has similarities to the way the neighbourhood, to which the Kellers belong, behave. The neighbourhood is very closely knit and they have a personal understanding of each other. Though they know deep in their hearts that Keller is in the wrong, they still accept him into their society. There is a higher chance of our families accepting us back into their lives when we do wrong, compared to our friends. As the saying goes; 'blood is thicker than water'. Both books prove to us that family plays an integral part in our lives. To a certain extent, the experiences we have as a family mould us into the person we will one day become. However, there will be black sheep in certain families. Not everyone has the perfect 'Holy Family' and has experienced the joys of having a loving family. Usually, these people turn out to be bad people, turning to crime or drugs to find solitude. This only further supports that families play an important role in our lives. Alyssa Stefanie Peter 11JLa ...read more.

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